Cat Bells is a very popular walk, almost impossible to get lost on and, like Castle Crag, gives a great punch for a little effort. There's a bit of minor scrambling available and good views, including Littletown of Beatrix Potter fame if you're into that sort of thing.
That curmudgeon of the fells, Alfred Wainwright wrote, "It is one of the great favourites, a family fell where grandmothers and infants can climb the heights together, a place beloved. Its popularity is well deserved, its shapely topknott attracts the eye offering a steep but obviously simple scramble."
Off we go then, parking at a secret spot, of which there are many:
The initial climb is steep but short. You get most of the climbing done early and it is a stepped climb, allowing you to get your breath back (or wait for your wife : p) on the flats.
heading for the first hump
bit of a scramble here
well, we thought so
almost at the top of the mountain
We did it. Putting a stone on the top of the cairn (don't tell the Lake District pedants).
quick snack on the way down and then...
"I've done quite enough walking thank you"
"you can take it from here"
As usual, we then hit up the wonderful Lakeland Pedlar for lunch - highly recommended, yummy veggie food followed by me drooling over all the bike stuff upstairs.